Many of you will know I love watching sport and so the forthcoming Olympic Games are a real treat for me. I find myself getting involved in watching sports I hadn’t even heard of a few years ago.

Whether you are a lover of the Olympics, or not, there is something about such events that can bring communities and countries together. The Olympic symbol is 5 coloured joined rings representing the union of the five inhabited continents Africa, America, Asia, Oceania, Europe). In case you are interested the colours blue, yellow, black, green and red were chosen because every nation had at least one of them on its national flag.

The Olympics are a reminder that there are certain times when the majority of the world can try to put politics aside and come together in a positive way.

As we face a world where acts of terrorism and violence are all too frequently seen on our television screens, positive events that bring different countries, and communities, together are maybe even more important.

They are also a reminder that the world is a small place and we are all interlinked in some ways. There is a well-known theory that we are all linked by six degrees of separation i.e. everyone is on average approximately six steps away from any other person on Earth. I don’t know whether this is true or not, but it is a reminder that we are part of a global village and that no one can, or should, work in isolation any more.

So as we watch the Olympics this year let’s celebrate all the times we can come together both as part of the giant Olympic movement and more locally in our own churches and communities. Rev. Chris